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NEW SURVEY AS OF FEBRUARY 2016: DUTERTE CATCHES UP WITH POE IN PULSE ASIA POLL


MARCH 22 -(TWEETER PHOTO) DWIZ Newscenter ‎@dwiz882 FULL STORY: Poe at Duterte tabla sa latest Pulse Asia survey http://ow.ly/ZMSEN 12:30 AM - 22 Mar 2016 · National Capital Region, Republic of the Philippines, Republika ng Pilipinas Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte shared the top spot with Sen. Grace Poe in the latest Pulse Asia presidential survey. Poe and Duterte are statistically tied with 26 percent and 25 percent, respectively, in the survey commissioned by ABS-CBN Corp. Vice President Jejomar Binay ranked third with 22 percent followed by former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas with 20 percent. Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago scored 3 percent. Meanwhile, Sen. Bongbong Marcos and Sen. Chiz Escudero were also statistically tied in the vice presidential poll with 25 percent and 24 percent, respectively. Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo scored 20 percent while Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano obtained 13 percent. Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV and Sen. Gringo Honasan both registered single digits with 6 percent and 5 percent, respectively. The survey was conducted from March 8 to 13 among 4,000 respondents nationwide with a margin error of +/- 1.5 percent. This was the first survey taken after the Supreme Court issued a decision allowing Poe to run for president. CHECKOUT THE CHARTED TABLES REPORT...RELATED, Poe top choice after Cebu debate -SWS mobile survey...

ALSO: Binay urges presidential rivals to bare bank accounts


MARCH 21 -Vice President Jejomar Binay urged his presidential opponents to submit themselves to a lifestyle and government service performance check to ensure full transparency in the election process. STAR
Vice President Jejomar Binay on Monday urged his opponents in the presidential race to sign a general waiver to open and check their bank accounts after the second presidential debate in Cebu City.
The United Nationalist Alliance standard bearer showed the general waiver during a press conference in Cebu City on Monday morning. The waiver authorizes the Anti-Money Laundering Council to look into all bank accounts under the name of the candidates, their spouses and their children to ensure full transparency in the election process. Binay also called on all presidential aspirants to submit themselves to a lifestyle and government service performance check. The vice president attempted to show the waiver during the debate on Sunday evening but was reminded that he was not allowed to bring notes and documents on stage. WATCH: Binay corrects debate moderator over 'notes'  The presidential debate at the University of the Philippines campus in Cebu City was delayed for more than an hour due to a communication between the Binay camp and TV5 Chief and debate moderator Luchi Cruz-Valdes. The TV5 management and Valdes later on issued an apology for the delay in the Visayas leg of the presidential debate. RELATED: Presidential debate delayed due to bets' 'concerns' FULL REPORT. RELATED, Binay to fellow bets: Let AMLC examine bank accounts...

ALSO: No Church endorsement for candidates, CBCP says


MARCH 24 -CBCP COLLEGIAL BODY PHOTO FROM GMA NEWS FILE
The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines has denied that the Catholic Church is endorsing any candidate in the coming May elections, after posts circulated i the social media claimed such for at least two presidential candidates. In a post on the Papal Visit - Philippines 2015 Facebook page, which it manages, the CBCP Media Office belied a post claiming that Pope Francis issued a statement "admiring" Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. "May we inform the public that the statement from the Pope is not true," the clarification read. "It came from a satire piece and is fake." It added: "We beg everyone to please stop spreading this and to please cease from maliciously using the Pope for political gains." READ MORE...

ALSO: Comelec asks SC to re-deliberate Poe ruling


MARCH 22 -Philippine presidential candidate Sen. Grace Poe is greeted by supporters after addressing a rally to mark International Women's Day Tuesday, March 8, 2016 in Manila, Philippines. The Philippine Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Poe is eligible to run for president in May 9 elections, overturning an elections commission decision to disqualify her and removing a long-hanging legal question over a tightly fought race to lead the Southeast Asian nation. AP/Bullit Marquez
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court to re-deliberate its decision to allow Sen. Grace Poe to run for president.
The high court earlier decided that Poe has met the requirements to run for president in the May 9 elections. READ: SC allows Poe to run for president Comelec Commissioner Christian Lim, however, noted that the SC en banc was equally divided in opinion as it voted 7-5-3 in the citizenship issue against Poe. Lim said that the rules call for re-deliberation as the poll body did not reach a majority vote. "The court shall deliberate on it anew. If after such deliberation still no decision is reached the court shall... dismiss the case," Lim said. Lim warned that there would be political instability if Poe's citizenship issue remains unresolved. In a dissenting opinion, Associate Justice Mariano del Castillo said that the poll body was correct in canceling the candidacy of Poe for material misrepresentation on her residency status. On the other hand, Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said that Poe failed to prove that she is a natural-born Filipino citizen and a resident of the Philippines for at least 10 years. FULL TEXT: Supreme Court dissenting opinions on Poe vs Comelec  FULL REPORT.

'TRANSPARENCY, CORRUPTION MOST-TALKED ABOUT ISSUES' Roxas most-discussed bet on Facebook during 2nd debate


MARCH 22 -Presidential aspirant Mar Roxas answers questions on corruption. SCREENGRAB FROM TV5 Presidential aspirant Mar Roxas answers questions on corruption. SCREENGRAB FROM TV5
LIBERAL PARTY standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas II was the most-discussed candidate on Facebook during delay-marred presidential debates, data from the social networking site showed.
The second leg of “PiliPinas” Debates 2016 was hosted by TV5 and the Philippine Star at the University of the Philippines campus in Cebu City on Sunday. READ: Binay, Duterte, Poe, Roxas square off in delay-marred Cebu debate According to Facebook Insights, Roxas was the top-performing candidate with 49 percent of unique users interacting on topics related to him. Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte was the near second at 46 percent. He was followed by independent candidate Grace Poe at 34 percent and United Nationalists Alliance standard-bearer Jejomar Binay at 25 percent. Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago, who skipped the debates for clinical testing of new anti-cancer pill, had four percent of unique users talking about her. READ: Duterte, Roxas won Cebu debate—INQUIRER.net Facebook, site polls Meanwhile, Filipinos engaged the most in discussions on transparency and corruption. READ MORE... ALSO, Monster crowd greets Binay after UNA-One Cebu split; Gwen denies talks with Poe...RELATED, Papers VP Binay wanted to present during Cebu debate...

ALSO: Filipino Catholics welcome Easter through traditional Salubong rites


Filipino Catholics joined the traditional Salubong on Sunday in observance of one of the core beliefs in Christianity —the Resurrection.
News TV Live reported that several provinces nationwide and cities in the metro celebrated the annual "Salubong," a reenactment of the Biblical account of the meeting of Mother Mary and her risen son Jesus. In Sto. Domingo Church in Quezon City, the faithful joined the predawn Salubong and renewed their baptismal vows during the Mass. Hours before Easter Sunday, devotees in Quiapo joined the procession of images of Mother Mary and the Risen Jesus. A musical band accompanied the procession. In Baao, Camarines Sur, children donning angel costumes were the highlight of Salubong. People flocked the Saint Bartholomew Parish to join the Easter Mass with "Easter angels" singing Hallelujah. A hot-air balloon was flown after the Mass. Easter angles were also the highlight of the Salubong celebration in Kidapawan City, Cotabato in Mindanao. READ MORE...WATCH VIDEO...


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Duterte catches up with Poe in Pulse Asia poll


(TWEETER PHOTO) DWIZ Newscenter ‎@dwiz882 FULL STORY: Poe at Duterte tabla sa latest Pulse Asia survey http://ow.ly/ZMSEN 12:30 AM - 22 Mar 2016 · National Capital Region, Republic of the Philippines, Republika ng Pilipinas

MANILA, MARCH 28, 2016 (PHILSTAR) By Patricia Lourdes Viray March 22, 2016 - Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte shared the top spot with Sen. Grace Poe in the latest Pulse Asia presidential survey.

Poe and Duterte are statistically tied with 26 percent and 25 percent, respectively, in the survey commissioned by ABS-CBN Corp.

Vice President Jejomar Binay ranked third with 22 percent followed by former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas with 20 percent. Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago scored 3 percent.

Meanwhile, Sen. Bongbong Marcos and Sen. Chiz Escudero were also statistically tied in the vice presidential poll with 25 percent and 24 percent, respectively.

Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo scored 20 percent while Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano obtained 13 percent.

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV and Sen. Gringo Honasan both registered single digits with 6 percent and 5 percent, respectively.

The survey was conducted from March 8 to 13 among 4,000 respondents nationwide with a margin error of +/- 1.5 percent.

This was the first survey taken after the Supreme Court issued a decision allowing Poe to run for president.


Official COMELEC list as of February 2016 for Presidential bets.


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Poe top choice after Cebu debate -SWS mobile survey Published March 24, 2016 11:42pm

Senator Grace Poe is the top choice among voters according to a mobile survey by Social Weather Stations that was conducted after the second leg of the PiliPinas Debates 2016 last Sunday.

The? Bilang Pilipino-SWS Mobile Survey, conducted two days after the debate, showed 35 percent of respondents choosing Poe as their preferred presidential candidate.

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte was at second place with 26 percent.

Vice President Jejomar Binay and former interior secretary Manuel "Mar" Roxas II shared the third spot with 18 percent and 17 percent, respectively.

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, who opted out of the debate due to medical reasons, placed fifth with 2 percent.

One percent of the respondents were undecided.

Of the 1,200? ?validated voters chosen to be the survey's respondents, 806 or 67 percent responded in the March 22 survey.

The survey had error margins of ±3 percent for national percentages, and ±7 percent in Metro Manila, rest of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

Across geographical areas, Poe was the top choice among voters in Metro Manila (31 percent), rest of Luzon (43 percent) and Visayas (35 percent).

The senator, however, only had a four-point lead over Duterte in Metro Manila. She was also just five points ahead of Roxas in the Visayas.

Mindanao remains to be a Duterte stronghold where he had a commanding 24-point lead over Poe (25 percent), followed by Binay (12 percent), Roxas (12 percent) and Santiago (2 percent).

SWS said the survey was its second in a period of five days, from March 18 to 22, to enable the pollster to determine changes in voting preferences after the debate.

Poe was also the top pick of respondents prior to the debate at the University of the Philippines-Cebu, where candidates traded heated exchanges on issues like illegal drugs, corruption, climate change and track record.

The senator got 33 percent voter preference in the March 18 survey followed by Duterte with 24 percent. Binay came in third with 20 percent while Roxas and Santiago had 18 percent and 3 percent, respectively.

Using SWS sampling procedures, 1,200 registered voters were given mobile phones? for Bilang Pilipino-SWS mobile surveys.

For each survey day, two to three questions are sent to these respondents. —Virgil Lopez/NB, GMA News


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Binay urges presidential rivals to bare bank accounts By Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) | Updated March 21, 2016 - 12:34pm 6 63 googleplus0 1


Vice President Jejomar Binay urged his presidential opponents to submit themselves to a lifestyle and government service performance check to ensure full transparency in the election process. STAR

MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Jejomar Binay on Monday urged his opponents in the presidential race to sign a general waiver to open and check their bank accounts after the second presidential debate in Cebu City.

The United Nationalist Alliance standard bearer showed the general waiver during a press conference in Cebu City on Monday morning.

The waiver authorizes the Anti-Money Laundering Council to look into all bank accounts under the name of the candidates, their spouses and their children to ensure full transparency in the election process.

Binay also called on all presidential aspirants to submit themselves to a lifestyle and government service performance check.

The vice president attempted to show the waiver during the debate on Sunday evening but was reminded that he was not allowed to bring notes and documents on stage.

WATCH: Binay corrects debate moderator over 'notes'

The presidential debate at the University of the Philippines campus in Cebu City was delayed for more than an hour due to a communication between the Binay camp and TV5 Chief and debate moderator Luchi Cruz-Valdes.

The TV5 management and Valdes later on issued an apology for the delay in the Visayas leg of the presidential debate.

RELATED: Presidential debate delayed due to bets' 'concerns'

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Binay to fellow bets: Let AMLC examine bank accounts By Helen Flores (The Philippine Star) | Updated March 22, 2016 - 12:00am 0 60 googleplus0 0


Opposition leader Vice President Jejomar Binay shows the media on Monday, March 21, 2016 a waiver he urges all presidential candidates to sign authorizing the Anti-Money Laundering Council to check all of their bank accounts. UNA photo/Released

MANILA, Philippines - United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) standard-bearer Vice President Jejomar Binay yesterday dared his rivals to sign a waiver allowing the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) to check their bank accounts and those of their family members.

The waiver, which Binay brought during the second presidential debate in Cebu last Sunday, will authorize AMLC or its representatives to “open and check all bank accounts under my name, my spouse’s, and my children’s to ensure full transparency in this election process.”

The waiver indicated the candidates would “submit ourselves to a lifestyle and government service performance check in accordance with law.”

The waiver was among the documents that Binay brought but was not allowed to present during the debate. Other documents he carried were his statements of assets, liabilities and net worth from 1988 to 2014; an affidavit he submitted to the Senate Blue Ribbon sub-committee; his statement of contributions and expenditures and the AMLC ex-parte motion to drop JCB Foundation, Agrifortuna and six other respondents.

Binay also brought with him his medical certificate showing he is fit to run in the elections and plaques for the 2011 Seal of Good Housekeeping from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), the 2014 Blue Certification for Business Permits from the Office of the Ombudsman and from the National Competitive Council for 1st Place Most Competitive City in the overall competitiveness category.

The Vice President said the documents, which he considered crucial to the Sunday debate, would have disproved the allegations against him.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) and TV5, co-sponsor of the second PiliPinas 2016 presidential debate, did not allow Binay to bring notes and documents during the square off, resulting in the delay of the event by one and a half hours.

Debate moderator and TV5 executive Luchi Cruz-Valdes took responsibility for what she said was “miscommunication” between her and the camp of Binay.

“Prior to the debate, the host of the debate erred in communicating to the party of the Vice President and allowed him to bring notes during the debate, and the VP relied on this communication and prepared accordingly,” TV5 said in a official statement.


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No Church endorsement for candidates, CBCP says Published March 24, 2016 12:50pm By ROSE-AN JESSICA DIOQUINO, GMA News


CBCP COLLEGIAL BODY PHOTO FROM GMA NEWS FILE

The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines has denied that the Catholic Church is endorsing any candidate in the coming May elections, after posts circulated i the social media claimed such for at least two presidential candidates.

In a post on the Papal Visit - Philippines 2015 Facebook page, which it manages, the CBCP Media Office belied a post claiming that Pope Francis issued a statement "admiring" Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

"May we inform the public that the statement from the Pope is not true," the clarification read. "It came from a satire piece and is fake."

It added: "We beg everyone to please stop spreading this and to please cease from maliciously using the Pope for political gains."

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Another post called for "block voting" of Catholics for administration standard bearer Mar Roxas and his running-mate, Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo.

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In a separate text message to GMA News Online, Pasig City Bishop Mylo Vergara said: "No endorsement from the Church."

The CBCP—through its president, Lingayen Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas—issued a guide to Catholic voters last December 2015, saying that the church does not get into partisanship.

"Reject claims by candidates that they are candidates of the CBCP, or of a dioceses, or of a particular bishop. It has never been the practice of the Catholic Church to hold out a candidate to the faithful as the 'chosen' candidate of the Church," it said.

It added: "We your bishops commit to desist from any action or statement that may give the appearance of persuading the faithful to vote for a particular candidate." — RSJ/NB, GMA News


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Comelec asks SC to re-deliberate Poe ruling By Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) | Updated March 22, 2016 - 4:38pm 0 0 googleplus0 0


Philippine presidential candidate Sen. Grace Poe is greeted by supporters after addressing a rally to mark International Women's Day Tuesday, March 8, 2016 in Manila, Philippines. The Philippine Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Poe is eligible to run for president in May 9 elections, overturning an elections commission decision to disqualify her and removing a long-hanging legal question over a tightly fought race to lead the Southeast Asian nation. AP/Bullit Marquez

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court to re-deliberate its decision to allow Sen. Grace Poe to run for president.

The high court earlier decided that Poe has met the requirements to run for president in the May 9 elections.

READ: SC allows Poe to run for president

Comelec Commissioner Christian Lim, however, noted that the SC en banc was equally divided in opinion as it voted 7-5-3 in the citizenship issue against Poe.

Lim said that the rules call for re-deliberation as the poll body did not reach a majority vote.

"The court shall deliberate on it anew. If after such deliberation still no decision is reached the court shall... dismiss the case," Lim said.

Lim warned that there would be political instability if Poe's citizenship issue remains unresolved.

In a dissenting opinion, Associate Justice Mariano del Castillo said that the poll body was correct in canceling the candidacy of Poe for material misrepresentation on her residency status.

On the other hand, Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said that Poe failed to prove that she is a natural-born Filipino citizen and a resident of the Philippines for at least 10 years.

FULL TEXT: Supreme Court dissenting opinions on Poe vs Comelec


INQUIRER

'TRANSPARENCY, CORRUPTION MOST-TALKED ABOUT ISSUES' Roxas most-discussed bet on Facebook during 2nd debate By: Anthony Q. Esguerra @AEsguerraINQ INQUIRER.net 06:53 PM March 22nd, 2016


Presidential aspirant Mar Roxas answers questions on corruption. SCREENGRAB FROM TV5 Presidential aspirant Mar Roxas answers questions on corruption. SCREENGRAB FROM TV5

LIBERAL PARTY standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas II was the most-discussed candidate on Facebook during delay-marred presidential debates, data from the social networking site showed.

The second leg of “PiliPinas” Debates 2016 was hosted by TV5 and the Philippine Star at the University of the Philippines campus in Cebu City on Sunday.

READ: Binay, Duterte, Poe, Roxas square off in delay-marred Cebu debate

According to Facebook Insights, Roxas was the top-performing candidate with 49 percent of unique users interacting on topics related to him.

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte was the near second at 46 percent. He was followed by independent candidate Grace Poe at 34 percent and United Nationalists Alliance standard-bearer Jejomar Binay at 25 percent.

Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago, who skipped the debates for clinical testing of new anti-cancer pill, had four percent of unique users talking about her.

READ: Duterte, Roxas won Cebu debate—INQUIRER.net Facebook, site polls

Meanwhile, Filipinos engaged the most in discussions on transparency and corruption.

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During the debate that saw presidential rivals ganging up on Vice President Jejomar Binay on his alleged corrupt activities in Makati City and former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas being jeered with allegations on anomalous MRT contracts, 75 percent of unique Facebook users talked about transparency and corruption.

READ: Rivals gang up on Binay

Social welfare was the second most-discussed election-related issue at six percent, followed by energy (3 percent), tax and tax reform (2 percent), territorial issues (1 percent) and transportation (1 percent).

In the Philippines, a total of 1.3 million people engaged in discussion on Facebook, generating 2.6 million interactions.

READ: Social media and the 2016 national elections

Facebook defines election-related conversation as “any post or comment that contains highly specific and targeted keywords or hashtags related to either the election itself, a candidate, a party, or a specific topic that might be playing a large role in the election itself.”

The social networking giant has partnered with the Commission on Elections to provide Filipinos with real-time data and insights on elections.

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Monster crowd greets Binay after UNA-One Cebu split by Ellson Quismorio March 23, 2016 Share0 Tweet1 Share0 Email0 Share1


The United nationalist Alliance led by presidential candidate Vice President Jejomar Binay. Garcia’s One Cebu party withdraws support for Binay ( MB File Photo/Juan Carlo de Vela)

Cebu City, Cebu – If the Garcia-led One Cebu’s retraction of its endorsement of Vice President Jejomar Binay hurt his chances here, it certainly wasn’t evident during the United Nationalist Alliance’s (UNA’s) campaign rally Monday night at the historic Plaza Independencia.

Binay, the UNA standard-bearer, was met by an animated crowd of around 37,000, easily one of the biggest turnouts in all of the opposition party’s activities this campaign season.

This took place a day after Visayan coalition One Cebu said it was dropping out if its ballyhooed partnership with UNA, which the two entities announced only last February 16.

Chief Inspector Jose Gesto of the Cebu City Police Station 3 here gave the crowd estimate. Gesto served as the ground commander during the rally, which was held from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the former military training ground.

The rally was arguably bigger than UNA’s own campaign launch in Mandaluyong City last month that was attended by its entire slate, including senatorial aspirant and boxing superstar Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao.

KEEPING UP WITH THE GARCIAS

One Cebu is headed by Winston Garcia, a gubernatorial candidate in the May 9 elections. Garcia is a former Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) general manager.

Garcia is the brother of Cebu 3rd District Rep. Gwen Garcia, who according to Binay remains a stalwart of UNA.

Former GSIS boss Garcia on Monday rued UNA’s alleged disrespect and lack of coordination with One Cebu as far as sorties in the province are concerned.

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Rep. Garcia and Binay were together during a meeting of barangay health workers in Balamban town Monday afternoon. Former Cebu City Mayor Alvin Garcia, cousin of Winston and Gwen, was present at the plaza.

NO MENTION

Binay didn’t mention anything about the UNA-One Cebu split in his customary speech during the rally.

Instead, the opposition chieftain and former longtime Makati City mayor uttered his tried and tested spiels before the big audience.

“I am competent and qualified to lead, said Binay, who throughout the campaign has highlighted his executive ability that has been sharpened by his 20-year experience as local chief executive.

“The things that I’ve promised you, I’ve already did them in Makati,” added the Vice President.

During the covenant signing between UNA and One Cebu last month, Binay vowed to implement as president “infrastructure and development projects” that would make the province prominent again.

“Under my presidency, each region and province will have funding for at least one mega project per year. And we will start here in Cebu,” Binay said last month.

He likewise promised local folk that Cebu would be home to his envisioned “Malacañang of the South.”

The rally at the plaza was organized by Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama of UNA. Rama is currently serving a suspension order issued by the Ombudsman.

WINSTON STILL BEST BET FOR CEBU – UNA

Meanwhile, UNA president Tobias “Toby” Tiangco bared in a Radyo 5 interview Tuesday that the party will still be extending its “unconditional support” for the Garcias, including gubernatorial candidate Winston Garcia who torched UNA a day earlier.

Tiangco, a Navotas City congressman, said that Garcia remains “the best among the candidates” for governor and is the one “who has done the most” for the Cebuanos.

“Despite the political misunderstanding, the people of Cebu deserve the best, and UNA believes Winston Garcia is the candidate who will uplift the lives of the poor,” Tiangco added.

Binay said in a press conference in Mactan Monday that he remains optimistic UNA and One Cebu can still kiss and make up.

“Kasi ang pinag-uusapan natin dito, ‘yong pangyayari sa field among our people (What we’re talking about here is what happened on the field among our people),” Binay noted.

Cebu is a vote-rich province, with 2.7 million registered voters.

GWEN DENIES TALKS WITH POE CAMP

Meanwhile, Rep. Garcia denied yesterday that there were ongoing informal talks between One Cebu and the Partido Galing at Puso (PGP) of independent presidential candidate Senator Grace Poe for the possible alliance in the May 9 polls.

“No, there are no such talks,” she said in a text message after Cebu Rep. Joseph Ace Durano, PGP campaign manager, said they started informal and exploratory talks” with the One Cebu to seek support for the candidacies of Poe and Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero. (With a report from Charissa M. Luci)

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Papers VP Binay wanted to present during Cebu debate Published March 22, 2016 12:40am By TRISHA MACAS, GMA News

The second PiliPinas Debates 2016 was delayed for an hour and a half because Vice President Jejomar Binay insisted on bringing some papers with him during the debate, to the opposition of his rivals.

The public was told they were notes, but his camp insisted that these were documents proving he was innocent of the allegations made against him.

On Monday morning, the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) candidate showed these documents to news organizations during a conference in Mactan, Cebu.

The documents include:

•Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN) in the three decades he served as a government official:

•Binay said that SALN shows his net worth during the years he served in the government. Income Tax Returns (ITR) since 1987:

•He brought his ITRs to show that as his net worth grew, so did the taxes he paid. Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE) during the 2010 elections:

•Binay said his 2010 SOCE will show the donations he received when he ran for vice president as well as his expenditures. Medical certificate:

•Binay said he had a medical check up on January 27 to prove that he was physically and mentally fit to run for president. Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) ex parte motion probing bank accounts of Binay, family, friends, associates:

•According to Binay’s counsel Atty. Claro Certeza, the motion will show that only seven or eight of the 242 bank accounts, which included alleged dummies, linked to Binay were his.

The rest belonged to other people who had nothing to do with Binay, Certeza claimed.

Order of Regional Trial Court in Makati to forfeit only one Binay account: 

•Certeza said that it shows how weak the case of the AMLC was, given that most of the cases over the accounts had been dropped. P200-million damage suit that Binay filed against some his critics: 

•Certeza said that the case was pending in the RTC Makati. All defendants have filed motions to dismiss. But all motions had been denied. Binay affidavit submitted to the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee:

•His counsel said that it was not true that Binay had snubbed the Senate hearing on the corruption allegations made against the vice president. Certeza said that the Vice President submitted an affidavit. General waiver daring candidates to also bare their bank accounts to AMLC:

•Binay said that he was supposed to read the waiver during the debate. It says, “We, the undersigned candidates for president of the Philippines, hereby authorize the Anti-Money Laundering Council or its duly authorized representatives to open and check all bank accounts under my name, under my spouse’s name, my children’s name and my children’s children’s name to ensure full transparency in this election process."

Binay also wanted to present documents proving his competence as the chief executive of Makati City. Among these were:

•Department of the Interior and Local Government first seal of good housekeeping Certification of first place as Most Competitive City Overall Competitiveness Category Blue certification of the Ombudsman, signed by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales. 

Former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas had strongly opposed the documents to be brought in during the debate as it was against the debate rules previously agreed upon by all parties involved including the Commission on Elections.

TV5 News and Public Affairs head Luchi Cruz-Valdes clarified that she had allowed Binay to bring his notes, claiming she was not aware of the rule on the bringing of notes.

She apologized to Binay and the rest of the candidates and to the viewers for the delay.

During the debate, Duterte raised that he was concerned over the authenticity of the documents that Binay wanted to present. — DVM/ALG, GMA News


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Filipino Catholics welcome Easter through traditional Salubong rites Published March 27, 2016 1:12pm

Filipino Catholics joined the traditional Salubong on Sunday in observance of one of the core beliefs in Christianity —the Resurrection.

News TV Live reported that several provinces nationwide and cities in the metro celebrated the annual "Salubong," a reenactment of the Biblical account of the meeting of Mother Mary and her risen son Jesus.

In Sto. Domingo Church in Quezon City, the faithful joined the predawn Salubong and renewed their baptismal vows during the Mass.

Hours before Easter Sunday, devotees in Quiapo joined the procession of images of Mother Mary and the Risen Jesus. A musical band accompanied the procession.

In Baao, Camarines Sur, children donning angel costumes were the highlight of Salubong.

People flocked the Saint Bartholomew Parish to join the Easter Mass with "Easter angels" singing Hallelujah.

A hot-air balloon was flown after the Mass.

Easter angles were also the highlight of the Salubong celebration in Kidapawan City, Cotabato in Mindanao.

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Instead of using statues, Jesus and Mother Mary were portrayed using human tableauxs. An estimated 5,000 parishioners took part in the celebration in the city.

On the other hand, people in Boac Marinduque also celebrated Easter Sunday by dancing the “Sayaw ng Pagbati.”

Meanwhile, netizens took social media by storm, posting their own "happenings" this Easter Sunday.

 


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